“You are my very favorite son.”
—Patty “Mom” Glasgow
Hi there! I’m David*, and that’s my face up there in that box. I’m a pianist, vocalist, composer, actor, and educator, and while you may have seen me perform anywhere from San Diego to South Africa, I live in the cow-heavy, human-light “metropolis” of Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.
As soon as I was tall enough to reach the piano keyboard, my parents noticed me plunking out the tunes to the various songs I heard on Sesame Street, so when I was 6 they very wisely signed me up for private piano technique and theory instruction under the tutelage of Dr. Judith Kierstead. Within a couple of years I was accompanying my elementary-school chorus and writing my own songs. (The most memorable opus of this early period was an eight-bar pentatonic exposition about a pair of dice.) A few years later, at my high-school commencement ceremony at Merriweather Post Pavilion, I and two other vocal soloists performed a piece I’d composed for the occasion, backed by the school choir and accompanied by piano and solo flute.
As an undergrad at Dickinson College I studied with Truman Bullard (theory & composition), Pong-Hi Park (piano), and Brenda Smith (voice), and received a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) in Music Composition & Theory, along with both the Emil R. and Tamar Weiss Prize in the Creative Arts and the Gould Memorial Drama Prize. My graduate work in theology earned me a Master of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary, where several of my original choral compositions were debuted.
In 2005 I returned to my alma mater to serve on the Music faculty at Dickinson, where I taught piano, accompanied vocal ensembles, coached voice students, and served as Musical Director for musical theatre productions until 2013.
Now a Credentialed Music Leader in the Unitarian Universalist Association and a Good Officer and active member of the UU Musicians Network, I’ve served as the UUA’s General Assembly Music Coordinator (for 2013 and 2014), and I’ve been a regular presenter at Worship Arts Festivals and youth “CONs” of the UUA’s Joseph Priestley District and Central East Regional Group since 2009. Locally, I’m privileged to serve as Music Director for the Unitarian Universalists of the Cumberland Valley in Boiling Springs, PA, the congregation I’ve called home since 2008.
Since 2011 I’ve also enjoyed frequent collaborations (as accompanist, musical director, composer, and performer) with the educational and performance programs at Open Stage of Harrisburg (and July 1, 2017 I will begin my tenure as Director of Music and Education there), and since 2014 I’ve served as Music Director for the spring musicals at Harrisburg’s Capital Area School for the Arts.
My husband Mark and I celebrated our 20th anniversary in 2015, and share a beautiful but not-often-tidy home with our four feline “kids”: Tobias, Sophia, Stewart, and Jake.
*I call myself Dave, but nobody else does. And that’s the way I like it.